Careful, Mary Elizabeth Winstead: Aliens are coming, and they want to eat your brain.
The actress, who starred in A&E’s one-and-done adaptation of The Returned, will topline BrainDead, CBS’ upcoming comic-thriller from Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King.
Billed as a cross between The Strain and The West Wing, BrainDead stars Winstead as Laurel, the daughter of a Democratic political dynasty who left D.C. to become a documentary filmmaker, but is pulled back into the family business when her brother needs political help. Now a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer, Laurel discovers two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers.
“We’ve been fans of Mary going back to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but it was really her extraordinary work in Smashed and Alex of Venice that had us imagining Laurel’s lines coming out of her mouth,” said the Kings in a statement. “She’s fantastic at mixing comedy and drama, and keeping it all vulnerable, yet real. We can’t wait to see what she does with Laurel.”
Though she is best known for her film work, Winstead’s TV credits include Wolf Lake, Passions and the miniseries The Beauty Inside. She can next be seen opposite Josh Radnor in PBS’ upcoming Civil War drama Mercy Street.
BrainDead — which received a straight-to-series, 13-episode order in July — is slated to premiere in Summer 2016.
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